Canberra Orthodontist Recommendations?

By 13 August 2009 28

It appears that our poor children have been cursed with inheriting a not-so-winning combination of their parent’s ultra manky-teeth genes.

Major orthodontic overhauls are in our future (there goes the overseas trips).

Can anybody recommend an Orthodontist in Canberra?  

I remember those miserable days of digging-in wires and aching teeth with dread, so an orthodontist skilled in the early-intervention/space-making retainers would be an advantage.

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28 Responses to
Canberra Orthodontist Recommendations?
sunshine 6:46 pm
13 Aug 09

Dr Brice in Woden – Brice Whittle and Co. He is FANTASTIC

AussieRodney 6:59 pm
13 Aug 09

Dr Brice in Woden


Whatsup 8:11 pm
13 Aug 09

Dr Mountain in Tuggeranong

A really nice bloke who seems to put the patient a priority over extracting huge amount of cash from the parents.

ainslie 8:38 pm
13 Aug 09

Can highly recommend Dr Brice in Woden.

Gin02 8:43 pm
13 Aug 09

Dr Pedley (Belconnen) did a great job fixing the mess another Orthodontist made of my mouth(the first guy was a fan of filing away bits of tooth too make space, thankfully I think he has retired!).

What the first guy took three years to barely achieve, Pedley did in just over 12 months.

deezagood 8:50 pm
13 Aug 09

Thanks guys; I think Dr Brice seems to be unanimous … making an appointment tomorrow. Goodbye future holidays :-(

Snarky 9:39 pm
13 Aug 09

Dr Brice for the orthodontics was very good with our daughter, but relatively expensive. Fortunately they have a payment plan.

At the end of it all she still needed to get wisdom teeth out, and while Dr Brice did recommend a surgeon who, while I’m sure is very good at his job, was also fairly expensive. We found Dr Carmelo Bonnano (on the ground floor of the same blg as Dr Brice at Woden) for the wisdom teeth surgery was excellent and markedly cheaper by just over $1000.

Here’s hoping your kids don’t need wisdom teeth out, but if they do, check him out.

No relation, just a satisfied customer.

bubzie 9:48 pm
13 Aug 09

Yeah. What everyone else said, dr brice is wonderful :)

(according to my mother, he mumbles, which she was kinda irritated about, may of just been her?)

bd84 10:33 pm
13 Aug 09

bubzie said :

Yeah. What everyone else said, dr brice is wonderful :)

(according to my mother, he mumbles, which she was kinda irritated about, may of just been her?)

It’s probably your mothers hearing going ;)

Dr Brice was excellent when I was a younger fella 10 or so years ago, he’d probably be horrified if I returned and discovered how long it’s been since I last went to the dentist.. lol

pug206gti 10:18 am
14 Aug 09

Dr McMahon in Charnwood (maybe now in Hawker?) was recommended for my sister’s braces.

Nemo 11:39 am
15 Aug 09

My son got braces a couple of weeks ago. We went to Dr Pazios – Belconnen and Manuka. It was a little on the expensive side but I have been very pleased with his work so far.

After the braces were fitted, someone mentioned an orthodontist in Hawker who was considerably cheaper and did a great job – almost half the price I paid. Shop around and get quotes.

kctiger25 6:59 pm
18 Aug 09

Same place as Dr Brice is Dr Whittle, great with kids, mine absolutly love him!!

deezagood 7:59 pm
18 Aug 09

kctiger – that is so weired … I just spoke to somebody today who recommended the same guy! Now I have too many options to choose from!

Archangel 7:00 am
16 Oct 09

My dentist (Dr. Scott Park at Preventive Dentistry) refer me to see Dr. Pazio at Manuka. He isn’t cheap (in comparison to others), but he does wonderful work and I do trust my dentist’s recommendation.

Try him out, but you will need your dentist referral to go and see him…I think….?

lizt 11:57 am
02 Dec 09

Call me cynical but I’m a little suspicious of all these recommendations for Dr Brice?!
Either his family and friends have been busy posing here as satisfied clients or he’s a really sh#t hot dentist- hopefully the latter!? ;) I’ll definitely check him out but I’m on a low income so I mightn’t be able to afford him.

I have been quoted approx $6500 treatment + $400 consult fees over a 18 week treatment plan. Is this a reasonable expense for treatment with regular braces? Id really appreciate any feedback on the costs of treatment, i.e. total expense of the entire process, experience with payment plans etc! TIA

lizt 12:01 pm
02 Dec 09

Have a friend who was very impressed with Dr Manani of Manuka- anyone had any experience with him?

Snarky 2:09 pm
02 Dec 09

lizt said :

Call me cynical but I’m a little suspicious of all these recommendations for Dr Brice?!
Either his family and friends have been busy posing here as satisfied clients or he’s a really sh#t hot dentist- hopefully the latter!?…

I’ve been quite surprised at how many kids get orthodondics these days. When I was my daughter’s age and then right through high school (about 3 decades ago now!) I can only recall perhaps 2 kids who had braces. In contrast I’d estimate that fully two thirds of my daughter’s friends have had them at various times throughout the last 5 years.

So, in reply to your comment no, I’m not a shill, and given that there are relatively few specialised providers for what appears to be a booming service area it’s not totally surprising that a few names should surface regularly.

But shop around – if you find someone else not too expensive but who does good work be sure to post an update. I still have one more daughter who may need their assistance .


lizt 12:59 pm
05 Dec 09

Thanks for the feedback Snarky- very much appreciated! Dr Brice sounds like a good starting point for me!
Im hoping to shop around but as its usually not possible to obtain a ‘quote’ over the phone, without actually having to attend an appointment in person, ‘shopping around’ could become quite expensive with all those consult fees. I realise cost depends on the complexity of the problem but Id just like to get a feel for what’s reasonable before I start forking out for initial consultation fees.

I did attend an appointment last week, with a Dr on the Northside, and was quoted approx $6500 treatment + $400 consult fees for an 18 week treatment plan. Through my online research Ive found most people pay under $5000 for a straightforward 1-2 year treatment.
What did you pay for your daughters treatment with Dr Brice Snarky? How long did the treatment last for?

tillyard 4:56 pm
24 Jan 10

Here is who NOT to go to:

I got my braces at Tuggeranong with Mountain and McGlaughlin. They had 2 practices then and when I moved to the Northside it was where Glen Carty is in Gungahlin. BAD IDEA.

I’m not sure which one I got, Mountain or McGlaughlin, but he was TERRIBLE. The whole time he was working on my teeth he would chat with the assistant and pay no attention to me. I was told I’d have braces for about 6 months to 2 years. It ended up being 3 years. I was told I’d need a retainer for 6 months. Now, 5 years later I still wear the retainer every night and if I skip a night my teeth are still moving as it’s tight to put the retainer in.

They don’t tell you that your teeth will need permanent retention BEFORE you cough up $6000.

And by the way, my two top front teeth are still crooked. 3 years and he still couldn’t get the damn things in line. Well he DID for a while, then it’s as though he deliberately made them crooked again.

Now I don’t wanna give them BOTH a bad name since I can’t remember the name! But if you get this guy, you’ll know it. Don’t stay there, find someone better.

AND I don’t think much of Glenn Carty in Gungahlin either!!!

nazasaurus 1:17 pm
03 Mar 10

Totally agree about avoiding Dr McGlaughlin, Mountain and Carty. The practice staff were rude and unhelpful, they charged like a wounded bull and after 2 years of braces, my teeth have moved, have spaces from where (healthy) teeth were extracted, and my wisdom teeth which he recommended I dont remove have caused more movement in my teeth and should have been removed right at the start.

I went back to get them fixed and they couldnt have been less interested in seeing me after 6.5K+ that I’d paid.

motleychick 4:15 pm
03 Mar 10

Also would not recommend Dr McGlaughlin. He did my braces about 6 years ago now and when he took them off put a wire at the back of my bottom teeth to stop them from moving but not on my top teeth. When I queried it he said the top teeth didn’t need it and I should wear my mouthguard at night. My top teeth have now moved (not too much, but enough for me to be angry about considering how much money my parents forked out for my braces) and after discussing check ups for afterwards and saying that they would send me reminders, etc. I never heard from them again.

Have to get my wisdom teeth out and would love any recommendations about a good dentist for that. I have heard that Dr Hardwicke in Woden is very good.

cleo 11:12 pm
03 Mar 10


If you are on a low income you may be able to have the work done for nothing at Westmead Dental, don’t ring Canberra public dentists they wouldn’t have a clue, ring Westmead, I advised a friend to do this as her daughter needed braces, all she had to do was get a referral from the public dentist, her daughter has lovely straight now.

TDB 10:53 am
20 Apr 10

I’d just like to say that I have found Dr Glenn Carty fantastic, our son has been with Dr Carty now for two year and the work that he has done is Amazing! The staff are very nice and friendly. we also have a payment plan that we pay monthly.

jakeprice112 6:42 pm
05 Jun 14

I recommend Supersmile. They are the most polite and accommodating Orthodontists around. Dr. Hyde and his staff really know how to make my daughter and son feel comfortable and stay calm. Each procedure done at the office has always been explained in details to each and every one of us. Dr. Hyde is fun loving and full of energy. He has definitely found his calling and that is helping patients feel comfortable and confident in their new braces as well as learning the importance of keeping a healthy smile.

cholemartin132 1:57 pm
17 Jun 14

I highly recommend Super Smile Orthodontics; it has been a great experience and I am glad to say that I had the opportunity to get my Incognito braces fitted with them. It has changed my life and smile completely, because now I can say that when I smile, I feel better about myself. This is why Super Smile is the place to go, the staff make you feel comfortable, and every patient I spoke to in the waiting room also had similar views.

avaabrownn 8:33 pm
25 Jun 14

+1 Supersmile Orthodontist

Last month, my mum asked me to accompany her to her orthodontist. I can say that my mum has a high standard of picking orthodontists. I was happy with what I saw, so much so that this month I am scheduled with Dr. Hyde for clear braces.

jameswilson 6:10 pm
10 Jul 14


Super Smile Orthodontics is absolutely the best! Not only do they do a great job of giving you an awesome smile, but they actually listen to what’s going on in your world. They have been organising weekly and monthly events for years and my daughter definitely likes the face painting day! Now how many other orthodontists do that?! I’m so glad we chose them!

Paul65 10:00 pm
21 Jan 16

Dr Brice is excellent though you’ll need to turn your hearing aid up to hear what he says.

Previously tried Glenn Carty, I found him to have an appalling bedside manner.

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